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6 Event Photography Tips for Getting Your Best Shots

Mon,Oct 12,2020 by Viktorija Marković

Event photography is a fun and exciting niche. But capturing that once in a lifetime moment can pose some technical challenges, things move fast, there’s usually a ton of energy in the air, and the best moments often don’t occur twice. Here are some tips that can help you:
 

1. The first step is to ask event organizer questions such as these:

- What kind of event is this
- What kind of images do you want from this event? Are you looking for headshots?
- What are the most important moments
- What style of photography do you like
- What do you not like?

No one wants a disappointing event photography shoot because there were miscommunication and this way you can make sure that the organizer is well aware of the limits of the photo session.

2. Pre-Event Photos Can Contribute to the Overall Story

Photograph the venue, table settings, and other beautiful details before the guests arrive. These are just as important as the story that unfolds. Organizers will appreciate a snap of the setting that they spent so much time (and money) on.

3. Map out shots of speakers and sponsors ahead of time

If the event features speakers, sponsors, or stakeholders who absolutely need to be in photos, you should know this ahead of time. Also, If there are key attendees who must be photographed, the event organizer should point them out. Note on a map of the venue where people will be coming from and walking to so you can take great shots of them.

4. Good event photography is all about expressions

Event photography is much more than just aiming the camera and shooting. It’s about seeking out poignant moments, powerful expressions, and often just waiting for them to appear.

While you often will need to capture some environmental shots, the photographs of people are the stars of the show, and to take a good photograph of people you need good expressions. Set up a shot and wait for someone to smile or react.

5. Capture a variety of posed photographs

Remember to always take posed photographs from events that you photograph.  Yes, the candid shots are more interesting and are generally the best, but people also want a few posed photos.

6. Use abstract shots for marketing

It’s important to get shots of attendees having fun, but it’s also important to get more abstract shots that aren’t focused on individuals. This is especially true if you’ll be using your corporate event photography for marketing.

It’s important to get shots of attendees having fun, but it’s also important to get more abstract shots that aren’t focused on individuals. This is especially true if you’ll be using your corporate event photography for marketing.

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